Innovative HRSG could save you $600,000 or more per year

November 20, 2020

Heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) cleaning is an effective way to restore lost performance because it reduces the back-pressure on the gas turbine, thereby increasing the net power output or reducing cost of fuel per megawatt generation. Every additional half inch (water column) of pressure drop through a typical F-class HRSG reduces the bottom line by about $100,000 per annum, depending on the price of fuel. An effective cleaning on a fouled HRSG could be expected to regain at least 3-6 inches of pressure drop.

Dirty HRSG tubes penalize plant performance in several ways. Fouling of the gas-side HRSG tubes increases a plant’s heat rate by reducing the heat transfer and increasing the back-pressure of the gas turbine. Reduced heat transfer efficiency also reduces the output of the steam turbine, and excessively fouled HRSGs can exceed their designated back-pressure limit, triggering an expensive and automatic “turbine trip” or curtail otherwise available generation capacity.

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Thompson Helps Employees Return to Work Safely During COVID-19 Pandemic

June 8, 2020

As businesses begin reopening their doors, they must take every precaution to ensure their employees’ safety and well being. Recently, our disinfecting team cleaned several large facilities before they brought their employees back in. The customers were extremely happy with our response and execution.

“First, a big Thank You to one of our contracting partners, Thompson Industrial, for their rapid response in disinfecting the entire facility, making it not only safe but likely the cleanest place you can possible be in right now. They used a combination of fogging and direct spraying over several hours today to disinfect the entire building”

“Thanks so much. The services were nothing short of professional and thorough. We appreciate your support. 😊 Will keep you posted on thoughts about the next application.  Appreciate it very much. You are a great partner and will gladly recommend you to our distillery colleagues.  Thanks again.”

“We are very happy with the service that they provided. Thanks again to the crew for the quick response to our needs.”

“The crew was very courteous and did an extremely thorough job.”

Thompson Surpasses 1 million hours worked without a recordable injury. 

May 14, 2020
This is a huge milestone for the company, and it comes as a result of everyone taking safety personally and focusing on SIF prevention. We want to congratulate all of our employees and client’s who worked together to achieve this milestone and send everyone home safely every single day.

Thompson Offers Careers for Cadets

May 6, 2020

Thanks to Lynne Robinson for planning and organizing a road trip to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina.  Lynne, Dean Kuhlman, and Monty Hope participated in the college’s spring career fair.  

Our team hosted a hospitality suite so that interested Cadets could come and learn more about Thompson Industrial and career opportunities offered.

Implementing Disinfection Services as Crucial Part of Your Pandemic Emergency Plan

March 20, 2020

Our world has drastically changed over the last week with the global spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. We share in your commitment to health and safety during this serious and unprecedented pandemic outbreak. Everyone’s priorities have completely shifted toward taking all necessary precautions to slow the spread of this virus and protect the health and safety of our families and fellow citizens. We are all in this together, and Thompson Industrial Services is fully dedicated to doing our part to protect those most vulnerable and prevent further spreading of the virus.

Fogging is a safe and efficient way to clean industrial spaces
Fogging is a safe and efficient way to clean industrial spaces with our specialized disinfection and sanitizing products.

What do we know?

As of May 22, 2020 there have been 5,232,431 reported cases of Coronavirus and 335,636 deaths. 1.623.352 of those cases were reported in the US, including 96,432 deaths1. The numbers are growing every day, and it is more important than ever to slow the spread of this virus. What we know from the CDC about the novel Coronavirus and similar Coronaviruses is that they are most frequently spread from person to person within about a 6-foot range through respiratory droplets2. However, transmission to persons from contaminated surfaces is also possible, and current evidence suggests that the novel Coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on these multiple surface types. The CDC explains, “cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.” We also know that there are several groups of people at higher risk, including older people and those with underlying health conditions. However, everyone is at risk and everyone’s activities can increase the risk for others, so it is critical that we all do our part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.

Foaming is another way our trained professionals use
Foaming is another way our trained professionals use our products to keep your facility and staff safe.

What can we do?

In a pamphlet from the White House, government officials have listed some important steps and precautions we should all take, including: 

  1. Follow the directions of your state and local authorities
  2. Contact your medical provider if you feel sick
  3. Social distancing of 6-feet, and avoid social gatherings or areas of over 10 people
  4. Avoid discretionary travel such as shopping – stay home whenever possible
  5. Work from home when and if possible
  6. Practice good hygiene as recommended by the CDC – frequent hand washing, avoid touching your face and disinfect commonly touched surfaces. Use this resource for guidance at work, school, and home, and this one for prevention tips
  7. Clean + disinfect using EPA-registered household disinfectants

Thompson has a fully trained response team prepared to combat and slow the current COVID-19 threat through proper Coronavirus ceaning, disinfecting/sanitizing and decontamination services specifically regulated for the current pandemic. We are also able to assist with disposal of any related biohazardous material. Related services including vacuuming, hydroblasting and dry ice cleaning are also available.

Thompson uses EPA-registered disinfectant products that have been qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel Coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The product can be fogged, misted or sprayed to thoroughly disinfect all touchable spaces.  

disinfection/sanitizing procedures
This environmental disinfection process includes specific disinfection/sanitizing procedures that should only be performed by trained professionals with proper safety gear.

This environmental disinfection process includes specific disinfection/sanitizing procedures that should only be performed by trained professionals. Our response team is trained to help you combat further spread and cross-contamination of the virus. We’ll provide:

  • Assessment + decontamination plan of area to be disinfected. 
  • Strict decontamination procedures consistent with CDC and OSHA guidelines. Use of Level C PPE including NIOSH approved full face respirators w/P-100 cartridges, Tyvek suits, layered gloves + more. 
  • Application of EPA-registered disinfectant per infection prevention + control protocols. 
  • Proper packaging + disposal of waste in compliance with regulatory agencies.

Call us today at 800-849-8040 to implement this crucial piece of your Pandemic Emergency Plan.

Thompson Solves Client’s Biggest Pain Points with Unique Custom Designed Solution

March 5, 2020

Thompson Industrial Services has been embedded at an SC steel recycling company for more than 10 years. Recently, the plant manager asked us to assist in developing tools/methods to facilitate the unloading of a specific railcar type. Our team leader worked with contractors in his network to develop a unique unloading cart, and preliminary performance evaluations are excellent!  This is a great example of how Thompson can add value to our client’s in unique ways. Many solutions, like this one, start with our team members asking – “Is there anything Thompson can help you with or improve upon?”

Rick, Looks like a winner

“Rick, Looks like a winner!!!!  Great job!!! Pass along a big thank you to the guys who fabricated it up for us!!! he client had only great things to say, including…

new cart works great

The new cart works great, emptied hopper one at 9:15 p.m., hooked up and running on the second hopper by 10 p.m. Love it. Thank you all for all the time and effort that went into designing and building these carts.”

The plant manager also said these unloading assist units will allow them to unload their most difficult railcars in 50% less time than before.

Thompson Saves Client Significant Time and Money with Automated UHP Robot – the ROC

February 8, 2020
Thompson’s UHP division recently had the opportunity to clean a tank in Charleston so the facility could switch out materials. Typically this would have required several weeks to clean with manual hydroblasting. However, our superior team lead by Jack Lovett, Dennis Rivenbark, Jeremy Knight, and members of A35 and A44 were able to deliver a unique solution using a tank cleaning robot – the ROC (Remote Operated Crawler). Using this technology, the team could clean the 48 ft. tall by 110 ft. wide tank in about 3 shifts as opposed to several weeks, and required zero scaffolding like the manual process would have. This hugely reduces SIF potential such as falling hazards or hydroblast injuries, and it also saved the client at least 5 days and $100K in costs. A big win and job well done by all involved!

Thompson Team Wins Tournament and Supports “Turn Back the Block”

December 19, 2019
Recently, Thompson Industrial Services and Thompson Construction Group donated to and participated in The Southern Company’s annual golf and sporting clays event at the Sage Valley club near Aiken, SC.  All proceeds from the event went to Turn Back the Block. Through volunteer labor and donations, Turn Back The Block works on a block by block basis to create affordable home ownership opportunities where abandoned homes and vacant lots once stood. Families and individuals willing to contribute sweat equity and complete housing counseling are afforded the opportunity to own a home.  The faith based charity is currently revitalizing the Harrisburg community in Augusta, GA. As a bonus, the Thompson sponsored sporting clays team took first place in the event! 

Driving Safety with Data

Most industries you can think of have been invaded by a single buzzword: “big data.” In an incredible range of different applications, technology has made it possible for computers to compile, organize, and present huge amounts of information quickly, in turn giving human managers the ability to use that information in unprecedented ways. Here at Thompson Industrial Services, we are very happy about the way big data has benefited one specific, very important area of our business: our safety programs.

Learning From the Past

The particular type of big data that our safety experts use is the collection of records produced during each of our client projects, whether they involve hydro excavation services, automated hydroblastingchemical cleaning, or one of our other applications. Our automated systems and detailed post-project analytics produce a wealth of valuable information about exactly what happened during the job, and now we have the technological capability to organize that information and use it to make policy decisions about future efforts.

The people that actually look at this compiled data and make conclusions about it come from all divisions of our company. First, each division has its own safety council, which examines its division’s data and responds with its unique level of expertise and knowledge about that particular field. There is also a regional safety council, which takes a broader look at the division councils’ results. Finally, on a quarterly basis our corporate leadership reviews the safety data from across all divisions and regions, providing guidance about what safety policies should be adopted or modified company-wide.

safety information
Employees report all relevant safety information through SafetyNet.

Entering the Data

Where does all of this big data come from? We are very happy about the system we have developed at Thompson Industrial Services to keep every field employee, manager, and project coordinator personally involved in improving our safety practices. SafetyNet is a digital analytics system that Thompson Industrial Services employees interact with by way of a mobile app. Each employee has the opportunity to fill out a safety checklist for each hydroblasting or hydro excavation services job, noting any safety concerns, incidents, or other details that have a bearing on future decision making.

SafetyNet powerfully and efficiently organizes the enormous amount of information produced by these mobile app interactions, producing graphs, charts, and reports that are easy to read and allow safety professionals to quickly identify the most important areas of attention. The division, regional, and corporate safety councils focus on those areas and recommend strategies to mitigate as many of the identified risks as possible.

Layers of Protection

In many instances, the average person’s impression of a safety program is requiring employees to wear hard hats, reflective clothing, safety goggles, and other personal protective equipment. These protocols are standard across our company for any employee who works in the field, but they comprise just the first layer of our SIF prevention program. The second layer includes the standard operating procedures, policies, and training that all of our new employees receive. Before our new employees enter the field and interact with our clients’ equipment, they undergo a stringent training program focused on their specific area of work. The third layer is all about observation: watching what goes on during client projects, identifying any hazards, seeing how our workers perform, and auditing our policies to see if they can be made more effective.

The fourth level is extremely important in our company: automating our processes wherever possible, replacing our technicians with remotely controlled robotic positioners. In this level we also include measures like equipment guards and other safety improvements to the tools that our people use every day.

Finally, at the top level of our SIF prevention program is the removal of hazards wherever possible. If we can substitute a procedure with a safer, equally effective alternative, we do so. If there is a way to eliminate a hazard, we apply the expertise, knowledge, and energy necessary to do so, giving our employees the safest work environments possible.

Be Safe, Be Good, Be Great

SafetyNet and the resulting conversations about safety are a huge part of our company’s commitment to “Be safe, be good, be great.” Visit our website or contact us directly to find out more about our safe, effective industrial services.

Thompson has a “Blast” at eSTEAM Sumter!

November 8, 2019

The Thompson Family of Companies participated in a festival celebrating and bringing together enthusiasts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The purpose is to expose festival participants to advances and opportunities with interactive exhibits and hands-on activities.

It was a great way to show what it is our company does and how! The hydroblasting consisted of waterblast guns used to clean/spray off our TIS swirls.

Let us disinfect your small businesses, commercial & industrial buildings. Give us a call 803-934-0138